Jillatay

Seriously Whimsical, Ceramic Art and Vessels

Washington, United States · 1665 Sales

Jillatay

Seriously Whimsical, Ceramic Art and Vessels

Washington, United States 1665 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(947)
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Jill

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Announcement   Will be back in a couple of weeks (Aug. 15 - 31) Upon my return, I will be shipping any purchases made in the interim. Contact me with any questions.

Thanks for visiting and for your patience.

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Last updated on Aug 16, 2016

Will be back in a couple of weeks (Aug. 15 - 31) Upon my return, I will be shipping any purchases made in the interim. Contact me with any questions.

Thanks for visiting and for your patience.

Jill

Contact shop owner

Jill

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5 out of 5 stars
(947)
sallen2679

sallen2679 on Aug 17, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

You have totally outdone yourself. I'm in love with this adorable lizard.

lauren floyd

lauren floyd on Aug 4, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Perfect! I have been looking for the perfect gift for a dear friend, all the requirements and then some. Great price and craftsmanship, well packaged and super quick shipping! A galaxy of stars for this great artist and seller!

macbear1

macbear1 on Jul 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Very lovely angel. Quick shipment. Very well packed. Many thanks!

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Another cute dish with enchanted fish. Hey that rhymes!

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About

Jillatay at Etsy, Seriously Whimsical

Welcome!
I am a 25 year veteran of ceramic arts and still driven daily to create things different and fun. I try to be a production artist but can't seem to stop having new ideas that I can't wait to try. My themes are Seriously Whimsical, many have a deep or meaningful subject but with a wink of humor that hopefully brings joy and laughter to your heart.

I have 2 studios, one in California the other near Seattle. Nothing is sent out nor contracted with outside parties. My dear spouse, Doug, collaborates with me on a regular basis and is an artist in his own right but he thinks of himself as my assistant. This is a one woman sweat shop and will remain so, done out of love for the craft and as an excuse to create on a daily basis.

When in college, working toward a math and science degree, I decided one semester to "play in the mud" and take a pottery class just to relax and have fun, some easy elective credits. My life changed! Like many pottery people before me, I became obsessed with clay and remain so. There is still so much to learn.

The challenge of mud is how it teaches me to collaborate with nature, to invite nature into the process. Inherently malleable and forgiving; there is almost nothing you can't do with clay, and almost no mistake that can't be remedied. However, firing in the kiln is another story. It has been called taming the dragon, but we must release our control and let the serendipity happen. All potters feel the same, when opening the kiln; we like to say, "It's Christmas!" It will always be somewhat unpredictable. Sometimes a disaster! Surprise is part of the package.

Most of my work starts out hand sculpted or from a slab and a few pieces involve a pottery wheel. Porcelain is my favorite ceramic medium, because of its translucency. It almost feels alive. Other clays are easier to work, but I love my porcelain!

With the exception of the mugs with decals (some are new, some up-cycled) everything in my shop is made with raw clay, glazes and hand tools.

Proud member of the Etsy Mud Team.
http://www.etsy.com/teams/6382/etsy-mud-team-emt
http://etsymudteam.craft-sense.com
http://www.jillatay.com is my website.
I'm also jillatay on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/Jillatay

About Doug: Encouraged by me to make some things in clay, he too now knows the wonderful feeling of having his work admired and purchased. Doug likes to make little boats and buildings. He also contributes a lot of ideas, carves designs on some of my pottery, helps with glazing the pottery and last but not least he is my all around handyman; I don't know what I would do without him. Doug has been a boat designer and enthusiast since childhood. In his own words, "I'm a retired civil service person who’s been in love with an artist for 33 years. I have been a sailor and boat builder since very young and my studio interests often lean towards the aesthetics of boats and marine themes. It is interesting, however, how some of our collaborations have taken off into directions neither of us would have anticipated."

Like me, he loves animals, we live with Petey the dog, a cat and two parrots, they each think of themselves as the boss around here.

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  • Jill Taylor

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Slave Driver

    Clay is magical to me, formed in the heart of our Mother Earth. It has been my passion for over 25 years. My favorite things are figurative miniatures, faces, nature and sacred subjects.

  • Doug Taylor

    Helper/Artist

    Doug is my dear husband, biggest fan, helper and very talented artist in his own right.

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